Leboeuf heaps more praises on Iwobi

Centurion Iwobi revels in Everton milestone


Ebenezer Bajela

Following another master class display from Everton’s Alex Iwobi against Liverpool in the English Premier League on Saturday, encomiums continue to pour in for the midfielder, with French World Cup winner and former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf the latest to praise the Nigeria international.

Iwobi put up an impressive performance in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park as Everton played out a goalless draw against the Reds.

The Super Eagles forward’s turn in fortune has caught a lot of the football faithful by surprise and even in defeat the former Arsenal player has always put up a performance worthy of praise.

In their game against Liverpool on match-day 6, the 26-year-old was one of the Toffees’ best performers, as he coolly controlled the game and made some key passes into their opponents dangerous area.

Frank Lampard’s men were denied all three points by the Virtual Assistant Referee, who ruled out a Neal Maupay’s second half strike for offside.

France ’98 World Cup winner Leboeuf, in his analysis with ESPN, said he was left impressed with Iwobi’s performance.

“I have to say I have to give credit to Everton and Iwobi,” the Frenchman said.

“What I saw from Iwobi in the middle of the park was absolutely exceptional. That guy was played in another position but he was still outstanding and exceptional with the other three guys – (Demarai) Gray, (Anthony) Gordon and Maupay – in front of him.

“They gave a hard time to Liverpool’s three defenders. It was a hard game for Liverpool because they fought so hard to stay in the game.”

Iwobi has not missed any minute for Everton in the English Premier League this season.